"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Christopher Columbus
Finding that elusive shipping company willing to take Kindness ONE® and I across the Atlantic Ocean (for free) was no easy task. It took weeks of rejections and false hope until the magic call arrived. When I finally found the brave souls who believed in the journey I was elated, the dream of crossing the world on a motorbike with no money lived on.
As I boarded the ship I was full of excitement and mild trepidation. The excitement was swirling with the reality that I was about to embark on my epic trip: A timeless voyage that in today's world of airplanes is very much the road less travelled. The trepidation, which gnawed at my mind: a result of the very real vastness of the Ocean that lay before me. One never knows what weather will come your way or what ailments (both mental and physical) will afflict you. I had to prepare myself. For anything and everything.
Kindness ONE® was safely in the container and it was now time for 10 days of R&R. Relaxation that was much needed after my nearly two-week trek across America. After having spent that time relying on the kindness of strangers for my food, gas and accommodation I was now going to be in the hands of the crew. There would be no shortage of food and accommodation and no need for any gas for good old Kindness ONE®. Just rest.
Eat. Sleep. Eat. Eat. Rest. Eat. I was making up for lost time whilst I had been in America and recharging my batteries for my ambitious trip from Barcelona to Vietnam. Soon I would be arriving in Europe traveling through the Gibraltar Straits and seeing land for the first time in ten days. When I touched down in Barcelona the daily "Kindness" grind would begin again and so too would the journey of a lifetime. Land my friends. It's a beautiful thing...
I am currently on a journey that is powered by the kindness of strangers. With no money, no credit cards, no gas and no place to stay, I am circling the globe on a bright yellow, vintage motorcycle with a sidecar, Kindness ONE® (Sort of like Air Force One, but kinder). Please click here to read more.